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Man, 75, struck, killed crossing Durham road

Posted May 19, 2011

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— A 75-year-old man died after being struck by a box truck while crossing Miami Boulevard in Durham early Thursday, police said.

Police said a truck driven by Daryl Hedden, of Timberlake, struck Russell Roosevelt Rigsbee as he walked in the eastbound lanes of Miami Boulevard, which is also U.S. Highway 70, near Lynn Road shortly before 5 a.m.

Rigsbee, who lived nearby, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they do not plan to file charges. They said Rigsbee was in the road when he was hit, and speed was not a factor in the collision.

Eastbound lanes of Miami Boulevard were closed and traffic detoured for about two hours during the morning rush hour.

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  • btneast May 20, 2011

    If he was near Lynn Rd, then why didn't he cross at the light when it turned red for Miami traffic? Also, at 5am, there is VERY little traffic....and its dark, so not only could someone crossing hear an incoming car, they could at least see the approaching lights of the vehicle. My guess is that at 75, his hearing and/or eyesight was diminished to the point he just stepped out into traffic when he shouldn't have.

  • freedomsforall May 19, 2011

    To be fare with DATA, you are correct. What I do know is that anyone crossing this highway is putting their life in danger and many are going to the bus stop. Does anyone know if the man was leaving or going to the bus stop or was he just walking down the highway?

  • The7thSeal May 19, 2011

    I'm familiar with the area very much.How do you know he was waiting/leaving a bus stop or getting off the DATA bus,etc?The story speaks nothing of that.

  • Jack Flash May 19, 2011

    "What I fail to understand is that - How is this accident a result of the location of the city bus stops?"

    Again, I wouldn't BLAME this on the location of the stop, but moving the stop could make it safer. There are things that aren't wrong, per se, but which can be improved.

    And if you're not familiar w/ this location, please, please, please trust those of us who are, even if it's just a little bit.

  • freedomsforall May 19, 2011

    You fail to understand it because you may not be familiar with the area. The bus stop is 10 feet from where this gentleman was hit, in the empty dirt lot on Hwy 70 on the opposite corner from Calvary baptist church. The bus stops on Hwy 70 in the right lane of traffic to pick people up there. It's amazing that the busses have not been rear-ended stopping at that stop before this tragic accident

  • The7thSeal May 19, 2011

    What I fail to understand is that - How is this accident a result of the location of the city bus stops?

  • vipcruizer2 May 19, 2011

    Another horrible area is on Angier between Miami and East End. Not one bus stop has a real bus stop. Most are just a ditch on the side of the road. There was a shelter at the one near KFC and Bojangles but they took it away. Now they have to stand by the garbage can on the side of the road again.

  • freedomsforall May 19, 2011

    I would also like to comment on the fact of how dangerous it is to cross this highway at any time of day. I come by this bus stop and there are lots of people who use this location. To move it closer to where the riders live would only make sense and save lives for workers and maybe people going for health care. DATA please do the right thing.

  • Jack Flash May 19, 2011

    No, 7thSeal, I don't think bc is blaming DATA, but I do think it is reasonable to look for solutions.
    This is part of a really dangerous stretch of road It's 4 lanes, high speed, no median, w/ some blind hills. I live nearby, and there've been a lot of fatalities along this stretch.

  • The7thSeal May 19, 2011

    "smh/The7thSeal...all you need to do is make a plan to cross those 5 lanes every day just before dawn and let's see what happens to you.

    You are obviously so ignorant or a DATA employee, so everyone here go figure. Saving lives is honorable, but you seem to disagree, or perhaps you disagree with vehicles being on roads or people having to catch a bus. Just saying, deaths can be prevented by diverting buses to a safer location(s)back on Lynn RD. where these deaths have occurred.
    TFH
    May 19, 2011 10:58 a.m.
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    No.You may be in an alternate reality or off your meds because this story speaks nothing of DATA/Someone catching the bus/Or crossing the road to catch the bus or leaving the bus.The deceased was walking home.

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